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Caring for the Whole Person

Finding Peace and Support During Serious Illness
​A Collaborative Project of the California Catholic Bishops and California Catholic Health Systems.

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5 Training Sessions
Wednesdays, Starting August 17 - September 14 from 6pm - 8pm

Caring for the Whole Person Online Training for Pastoral Care Ministers/Volunteers

Equipping parish ministers to accompany those in need, the terminally ill, their families and caregivers

The Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, in partnership with your local diocese, is hosting a five-part virtual training on how to care for parishioners and support families through serious illness. Topics include Catholic Moral Teaching Around Serious Illness and End-of-Life issues, Caring for Parishioners through Serious Illness, Advance Care Planning, Palliative and Hospice Care, and Parish as a Loving Community.
The training sessions will take place over Zoom on Wednesday evenings from August 17 to September 14 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The training is open to all active parish ministers/volunteers in California and recommended for those in pastoral care ministries such as Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound, Stephens Ministers, Knights of Malta, Parish Nurses, St. Vincent De Paul, etc. 


“I will rarely give an ‘Excellent' rating, so if there is one, I truly mean it. The presentation was well organized and engaging. I look forward to the coming modules.” 

“What I liked the most about Module Two [of the training series]; it’s the clarification of what the Catholic Church teaches, and what is the appropriate treatment to apply for end-of-life care.”

“This ministry is an opportunity to put Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti into action.  We recognize our neighbors as our own brothers and sisters in Christ, and support them in love through life’s difficulties.”  

"It's important to explain to parishioners how important these documents are and that it should be done now when it is not needed because it will be a much more difficult conversation when under the stress of a serious illness when they are forced to make decisions in a hurry.”  


Module 1: August 17

Introduction to Caring for the Whole Person Initiative (CWPI). 

Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care, 

Presented by Ira Byock, M.D.., FAAHPM

Module 2: August 24

Catholic Moral Teaching in the context of Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care,

Presented by Johnny Cox

Module 3: August 31

Caring for Parishioners Along the Continuum of Care, Communication and Volunteer Guidelines, Presented by Fr. Jack Sewell

Module 4: September 7

Advance Care Planning,

Presented by Johnny Cox

Module 5: September 14

Parish as a Loving Community, Caring for One Another, 

Presented by Suzanne Engelder, LCSW

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Only $50 for the FULL Training Modules

(Limited Scholarships available)

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This training will only be offered in English, but a full Spanish Training is coming very soon!

Caring for the Whole Person Initiative is a collaborative project of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Alliance of Catholic Health Care, guided by a Leadership Council comprising representatives from the two organizations, including Bishops, Catholic health care executives, and other leaders.  The initiative is aimed at creating an environment in our parishes, communities, and health care systems in which all persons are loved, wanted, and worthy and will be prepared and supported in health and serious illness through the end of life.  

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